South Korea protests against Japanese shrine visits - World Socialist Web Site
South Korea protests against Japanese shrine visits
By Ben McGrath 3 May 2013
Visits by 168 Japanese lawmakers and three cabinet officials on April 20–21 to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine have exacerbated tensions, not only with China, but also South Korea. The shrine, dedicated to Japan’s war dead, including 14 “Class-A” war criminals, is seen as a glorification of Japan’s wartime imperialist expansion. Although Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not personally attend the event, he made a symbolic offering as the head of the government.